Overview of Hostel
Welcome to the International Student Center youth hostel.
Located in Manhattan, in a beautiful and safe neighborhood of the Upper West Side. We are just a 1/2 block from Central Park and the nearest subway station. We serve young people and students (between the ages of 18 and 35) traveling thro
Approximate Travel Times to the International Student Center, from:
JFK Airport (90-120 minutes) by subway;
Newark Airport (1 hour) by bus; 45 minutes by train.
LaGuardia Airport (1 hour) by bus or train;
Port Authority Bus Terminal (15 minutes) by subway;
Grand Central Station (30 minutes) by subway;
Penn Station (20 minutes) by subway.
The International Student Center is located in a brownstone building on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in New York City. Our address is 38 West 88th Street, between Columbus Avenue and Central Park West Avenue, near the 86th Street Subway station on the B and C subway trains. We do not have a large sign, please look for the number 38 over the door.
To reach us from JFK International Airport:
Take the Airtrain from the airport terminal to the Howard Beach subway station, where you can take the A train towards Manhattan. Change to the C or B train at 59th street (Columbus Circle). Get off at 86th street and exit at the front of the train.
Stop by the Ground Transportation desk and ask about where to catch the Super Shuttle Van, which will drop you off at the door of the International Student Center (38 West 88th Street in Manhattan, between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue). Cost: $20/person. Call 1-212-258-3826.
From Newark International Airport:
Take the AirTrain from the terminal to the Newark International Airport Train Station. Take the New Jersey Transit Train to Penn Station. Follow directions from Penn Station (below).
Take the Olympia bus ($13 one-way ticket) from the airport to 42nd Street and Port Authority terminal in Manhattan. From here, take the C train Uptown to 86th street.
From La Guardia International Airport:
You can take the M 60 bus from La Guardia Airport to the last stop, 113th Street and Broadway in Manhattan. Then take the M 104 bus going downtown to 88th Street and Broadway. Walk two blocks from Broadway and 88th Street toward Central Park West Avenue (past Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues.)
You can also take a taxi (approximately $30) from La Guardia airport to the International Student Center at 38 West 88th Street in Manhattan, between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue.
Stop by the Ground Transportation desk and ask about where to catch the Super Shuttle, which will drop you off at the door of the International Student Center (38 West 88th Street in Manhattan, between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue). Cost: $18/person. Call 1-212-258-3826.
From Penn Station or Port Authority Bus Terminal:
Take the C Subway train going uptown to the 86th Street stop, and exit on 88th street..
The C & B subway station is a 2 minute walk from us / Central Park is a 3 minute walk / Metropolitan Museum & Museum of Natural History is a 15 minute walk/ 10 minute walk to the Hudson River Boat Basin / Lincoln Center for the Arts 20 minute walk/ 3 miles from Times Square & the Theater District / Restaurants, movie theaters & supermarkets are in the neighborhood.
Conditions & Policy
Age Restriction: As an International Student Center youth hostel guests must be between ages of 18 and 35 yrs. Students, non-students, and US residents (between the ages of 18 and 35; but not residents of NYC) accepted. Note: a valid original passport/U.S. driver's license is needed to check-in. We do not accept college IDs or photocopies. You can cancel your booking free of charge up to 48 hours before arrival date. In case of a late cancellation you will be charged for your first night of stay! No shows will be charged first night's rate and the remaining days of their reservation will be cancelled. Also, no same day refunds after check-in. Office hours: 8am-11pm Check In: 3pm-10pm. Late check-in is available until 10pm but we DO NOT check in past 11 PM. If you arrive to check-in after 11pm you will be unable to enter in the building as the office closed at 11pm. **If your plane lands past 8 PM or your bus/train gets into NYC past 9 PM, you will likely not make it to our youth hostel before the time we close the office at 11pm. Please review your arrival time before you make your reservation. If your flight is delayed, please call ahead. Check-Out Time:10am Baggage Restrictions: Please note that we only allow small backpack size bags upstairs in the dormitory rooms because of space constraints. ALL suitcases (including carry-on's with wheels) must be left in the office luggage storage area. Bags with wheels, regardless of size, must be left in the office. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation! We offer free linen (sheets/blankets). Guests can rent towels (ask the front desk.) Duration of stay: 14 nights (in any 44 day period) depending on availability. However,from June 1 through September only a maximum of 7 nights. Advance reservations for more than 7 nights June-Sept and 14 nights Oct-May will not be accepted! There must be 30 calendar days between every maximum length stay. Payment: credit cards (Visa and MasterCard); and cash accepted. Check us out on Facebook and Instagram! Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ischostelnyc Instagram https://www.instagram.com/isc_hostel/